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HUNDREDS of classic cars and vintage vehicles were met by thousands of visitors when they rolled into town.

Around 3,000 people are thought to have made their way to Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience yesterday to see the wide range of cars, motorcycles, buses, vans, wagons and tractors.

Steve Smith pictured with his 1953 Triumph Renown.

Steve Smith pictured with his 1953 Triumph Renown.

The event was set up last year by the Northern Bygones Society and is open to anyone with an interest in vintage or classic vehicles.

Paul Jackson, Northern Bygones Society founder, said: “It was an excellent day. We had about 300 vehicles there.

“There was everything from kit cars to older cars that have been turned into vans.

“It was really well attended by the public with around 3,000 people coming along, which was great.

“Even the weather wasn’t too bad. The woman selling ice cream was ran off her feet and ran out of ice cream because it was so busy.”

Prizes were presented for the best car, best bike and best commercial vehicle in show.

And the society is set to do it all again on September 16, when the vehicles return for their second Hartlepool event of the year.

Mr Jackson added: “We’re back again later in the year and we’re looking forward to it.

“I would like to thank the council, the Maritime Experience and all the people that came out to make Sunday a success.”

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